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Entrance fees at Hawaii National Parks set to increase


    Snow at the summit of Haleakala at Haleakala National Park.

Beginning on June 1, daily entrance fees at all National Parks in Hawaii, including Haleakala National Park and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, will increase.

The 2016 per-person fee (the rate bicyclists and pedestrians pay) will change from $8 to $10. The 2016 motorcycle fee will go from $10 to $15. The 2016 per-vehicle three-day pass will be raised from $15 to $20.

The cost of the Tri-Park Annual Pass will remain at the current rate of $25 in 2016. This pass is considered a local or kamaaina pass because it permits unlimited entry for one year to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, and Haleakalā National Park. In 2017, the cost of this pass will increase to $30.

New fees are also slated for all Big Island backcountry and front-country campsites, including Kulanaokuaiki Campground, and will be $10 per site per night. Backcountry campsites will have a stay limit of three consecutive nights, while the front-country campsites will have a stay limit of seven consecutive nights. Currently, camping is free, except at Nāmakanipaio Campground, which is managed by Hawaii Volcanoes Lodge Company. The new camping permit fees are similar to other public camping fees statewide.

Entrance fees will also increase for commercial tour companies. Currently, road-based tour vans carrying one to six passengers pay a $25 base fee and $8 per person to enter the park. The commercial per-person entrance rates will increase to $10 on June 1; and $12 in 2017 and will remain at $12 through 2021. The base fee will not change. Non-road-based tour companies, i.e., hiking tour companies that are on trails more than touring the park by vehicle, don’t pay a base rate but their per-person entrance fees will increase under the proposed schedule.

Recreational entrance fees are not charged to persons under 16 years old, or holders of the Tri-Park, America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Senior, Access or Military passes. These passes may be obtained at the park, or online.

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